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Diary Dates 

 

SEPTEMBER

5th - Term Starts

22nd - New Starters Celebration Assembly

28th - Settling In Evening (drop-in 4pm - 6pm)

 

OCTOBER

3rd - Year 3/4 Swimming

5th - Reception Parents Phonics Workshop 5pm

17th - Y1/2 Trip

18th - KS2 Trip

20th - Harvest Festival 2.30pm

23rd-27th Half Term

30th - School Re-opens

 

DECEMBER

18th - Christmas Parties

19th/20th - Nativity 6pm Leake Church

 21st - Children's Christmas Dinner

22nd - Leake Church 1pm

22nd - School Finishes 2pm

 

 

  

 

 

Phonics and Reading 

 

Reading at Knayton is exciting, inspiring and we create a love of reading with a variety of techniques. Our children see reading as an enjoyable activity and a transferable skill. We want children to understand that reading skills can help them to access text and information from different viewpoints and cultures. Children are encouraged to see the links between accurate reading skills and becoming articulate communicators in spoken language, and communicating clearly in written form. We encourage accuracy in accessing written text and also in the application of comprehension skills in reading. Children will be exposed to age-appropriate books of different genres, i.e. fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

 

Our Reading Aims

• To create a love of books and reading

• To encourage accuracy in accessing written text and also in the application of comprehension skills in reading

• To develop competency and fluency when discussing a range of texts

 

 

 

 

 

Our Reading Approach

It is an expectation that every child will read aloud and be read to at home from Reception onwards. We have a ‘reading raffle’ that children are entered into if they have read four times or more at home during the week. There is an ongoing dialogue between teacher and parents in a home-school reading diary. With this strong focus on reading from an early age, children feel at ease with books and this ensures that they are fully prepared for their phonics, KS1 and KS2 SATS tests or equivalents. We follow the ‘Oxford reading tree’ book bands and all children are assessed and a book band assigned.

 

 

 

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children are taught Phonics alongside provision areas. Small, targeted groups ensure effective teaching and progression of skills. We follow the letters and sounds document and parents are taught how to support learning at home through Phonics workshops. The reading area is welcoming, comfortable and provides a range of books for children to look at independently and with friends or adults. The classroom has labelled signs and a variety of text and font for children to look at, read and use. At the end of every day the class get together to listen to a story.

Key Stage 1

Children are taught daily phonics sessions. Small, targeted groups ensure effective teaching and progression of skills. Children take part in guided reading sessions where phonics skills, comprehension, discussion and following a text are all encouraged. Our parents are involved with reading and we have parent readers who come into school to listen to individual children read. Our reading area is welcoming, comfortable and provides a range of books for children to look at independently and with friends. ‘Open a new book’ let’s children become excited about books and reading as we get to unwrap a present of a brand new book for our library every week! We take time to read and share the new book before putting it on our shelf.

Key Stage 2

Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and have a wide range of texts available alongside their banded reading books. We have active guided-reading sessions, where independent learners will keep reading journals, write book reviews, read plays, complete reading comprehension tasks and develop their vocabulary. Guest readers are invited into school - parents, helpers, outside agencies and authors - to share their love of reading with the children. Our children will also be prepared for reading in a technological society which uses electronic books and apps for pleasure and study.

Children have login details for ‘Bug Club’ and teachers update their accounts and books. We assess pupils throughout each academic year, using various assessment methods so as to monitor and inform individual children’s progress. We administer KS2 assessments (SATS) in line with statutory assessment and reporting requirements as well as KS1 assessments and other nationally recognised benchmarking assessments